The Online Music Competition for XXI Century classical musicians

The music business is constantly developing, constantly changing, and offering to an ever-increasing audience, new ways to enjoy their musical idols.

Socials such as Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, as well as web televisions like Medici Tv, Stingray Classica, Arte TV, Mezzo TV, or Classica HD, are changing the face of our audience and as well increasing the potential number of listeners worldwide.

With this in mind Cadenza © Music Management decided to move and to sort out some significative project to give to the musician worldwide in the classical field a chance to show their skills and to make some useful step for their careers.

Thanks to our worldwide network we succeeded in gathering together prestigious classical musicians, representatives of some of the most important concert institutions around the world, and of the most important artists agencies with the aim to discover the stars of tomorrow.

The competition is open to instrumentalists, singers, and ensembles of any nationality. The competition will be held in two phases, eliminatory and final.

Both phases will be held online and will consist in the examination of the CV and of videos of a performance of the candidate.

The aim of the competition is to offer real career opportunities to the finalists, that’s why the members of the jury are well-known musicians from the major music institutions in the world.

In the last editions prizes for over €10.000 in cash have been awarded and the winners benefited from a huge media exposure that resulted in real opportunities.

The examination of the videos will take place from the opening of the contest on July the 24th until December the 10th 2021 at Midnight UTC. The results of the eliminatory phase will be given within December the 20th 2021, after that the chosen competitors will have to send a new set of videos for the final phase within January the 10th 2022 at Midnight UTC.

The results of the final phase will be given within January the 31st 2022.


The competition is structured in two main phases, ELIMINATORY phase, and FINAL phase;

1.1 The ELIMINATORY phase starts on July the 24th 2021 and ends on December the 10th 2021 at Midnight UTC.; this phase consists on the examination of TWO videos and CVs;
1.2 The FINAL will take place from December the 10th 2021 until January the 10th 2022 at Midnight UTC and consists of the examination of ONE video;
Please check Appendix A at the bottom of the page for details regarding the videos.

The competition is organized into three categories: singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles.


2.1.1 the category is open to singers of any voice register, without age limit;
2.1.2 any style is admitted, with or without accompaniment;


2.2.1 the category is open to any acoustic instrument, without age limit;


2.3.1 the category is open to any ensemble from duet to nonet, without age limit;
2.3.2 any combination of instruments and any style is admitted, with or without accompaniment;


3.1 there is no limit in the choice of the repertoire except that the pieces performed must be originally intended to be performed without the use of amplification or the accompaniment of electronic devices and/or instruments;

3.2 the music must be written, improvisation (except for cadenzas, embellishments, and basso continuo) is not allowed;


4.1 the jury will be composed by the following members:

Roberto Prosseda (Italy)
Concert Pianist, Decca Artist

Seryk Syrtlbayev (Kazahkstan)
Concert Violinist, professor at Kazakhstan National University of Arts, Astana

Susanna Stefani Caetani (UK)
President of Only Stage Management, London

Daniel Abad Casanova (Spain)  
Conductor, Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Valencia

Gyorgy Lendvai (Hungary)  
Managing Director of MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest;

Enrica Ciccarelli Mormone (Italy)
President of Società dei concerti, Milan

Diego Naser (USA)
Conductor, Orchestra of the Americas


Soloists: money prize of €1.200,00
Singers: money prize of €1.200,00
Ensembles: money prize of €1.600,00


The organizing management will choose and invite one or more musicians (instrumentalist or singer or ensemble) chosen independently from the category of application, to take part to a concert organized during the season 2022-2023 of a prestigious European concert institution.


6.1 to get registered the contestants must send the following documents exclusively by email:

– filled in and signed application form
– copy of a valid ID document
– curriculum Vitae
– link to the videos
– 1 candidate’s choice picture
– payment receipt of the application fee

6.2 the documents must be sent by Midnight UTC December the 10th 2021 to cadenzacontest@gmail.com


7.1 singers and instrumentalists: € 45;
7.2 ensembles: € 25 for each member of the ensemble;


8.1 the payment can be done through bank transfer, Paypal or credit card (through Paypal);
8.2 data for the payment:

IBAN: IT19 B061 7501 4250 0000 3114 380
Account holder: Associazione Januartes via Canepari 39/11 – 16159 Genova;

(attention: the expenses are to be charged to the payer);


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9.1 the competition is a media event that will be recorded and broadcasted on the web and other media, submitting their application the competitors authorize the direction of the competition to the use of their image either through photographs and audio / video that can be broadcasted via radio, television and other media (internet, etc.);
9.2 submitting their application the candidates also authorize the organization to use their name and image in printed publications related to the competition;
9.3 the organization expects that candidates are available for interviews, photo shoots, and any other activity designed to make the competition interesting for the media;
9.4 the application and participation fee will not be refunded for any reason, except for the cancellation of the competition; for any legal dispute the competent forum is Genova’s.


A.1 the videos aim is to illustrate to the jury the candidate’s skills and technique and will be analyzed together with the CV’s in order to have the most accurate opinion on candidate’s abilities;

A.2 for the eliminatory phase the candidates have to attach links to two videos of a performance of two contrasting character pieces (for example one Allegro and one Adagio or a Romance and a Cabaletta) from any historical period;

A.3 two contrasting movements of the same piece are allowed; in the case of a scene of opera the contrasting sections in the scene can be considered as different pieces;

A.4 For the Final phase the selected candidates have to send another video, different from the ones sent before, at his/her choice;

Videos must have the following features:

A.5 each video has to be at least 2 minutes long;

A.6 videos must be played in streaming mode (videos don’t have to be downloaded);

A.7 videos can be private or public as long as they can be seen by the entire jury without any restrictions;

A.8 the candidates must send one link for each video;

A.9 no specific streaming platform is required, any of the most common are permitted (for example Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Youku etc.) however the video should be played by an ordinary computer running a Windows or a Mac system;

A.10 the jury will be watching at least a few minutes of each video in order to be able to make a proper evaluation; nonetheless, it is up to each jury member whether to watch an entire video or just a part of it;